Playing 2 violins with piano accompaniment. They usually had a nickel slot. They were popular during the 'teens and 1920's. The Mills was recorded on a stereo cassette deck in 1977. Topics: Mills, violins, violin player, mechanical music, nickelodeons
The Wurlitzer Bijou is a very rare orchestrion playing piano, violin and flute pipes, xylophone and snare drum using a 44 note multi-tune roll. Recorded on reel to reel tape at 7 1/2 ips in stereo in 1974. Converted to mp3 using "Hi-Q recorder". I didn't write down any of the names of the tunes when I recorded the Bijou. Topics: Bijou, Wurlitzer, Mechanical Music, 44 note roll
Seeburg style KT orchestrion playing piano, violin pipes,tamborine, castanets and triangle using style G rolls. Recorded on reel to reel tape at 7 1/2 ips in stereo in 1971. I didn't write down any of the names of the tunes when I recorded. Topics: Seeburg, KT, mechanical music, G rolls
Angelus Orchestral, 58 note push-up cabinet piano player with several sets of reeds. Uses 58 note reed organ rolls. "Final inspection" sticker inside of case dated "Oct.1900" Recorded on reel to reel tape at 7 1/2 ips in stereo about 1993. Converted to mp3 using "Hi Q" recorder. I didn't write down any of the titles when I recorded the thing. Topics: Player reed organ, 58 note rolls, mechanical music
In a two part program, Charles Amirkhanian and Bill Schechner interview members of the Automatic Musical Instrument Collectors Association(AMICA), and listen to a number of automatic performances, including popular and classical works. Recorded at Sally and Dale Lawrence's house in Kensington, California. AMICA members: Dick Rutlinger, Dale Lawrence, Sally Lawrence, Mel Luccetti. Engineered by George Craig. Topics: AMICA, Player Pianos, mechanical music, player piano rolls, pump piano
The second Act of the June 12th concert of the 1981 New Music America Festival was devoted to the music of Conlon Nancarrow, who specialized in composing for the player piano. However unlike the ragtime player piano music that many people are familiar with, Nancarrow’s works are distinguished by their immense mathematical complexity and remarkable speed. In some ways they are not unlike a Bach fugue or canon played at speeds that were impossible to imagine before the advent of the computer.... Topics: KPFA-FM, New Music America series, Music, New Music, Mechanical Music, Conlon Nancarrow
In a recording made in 1992, Charles Amirkhanian hosts a program featuring music played on the Disklavier, a sort of modern player piano. It is a devise that can be attached to a grand piano so as to enable it to record, playback, and even manipulate music played on its keys. In the first half of the program, Charles is joined in the studio by Gary Noland, who has composed a number of pieces for the Disklavier. In the second half of the program, Charles conducts an impromptu interview with... Topics: KPFA-FM, Morning Concert Series, Interview and Music, 20th Century Classical, Mechanical Music,...
Recorded on February 2, 1984 as part of the San Francisco Exploratorium’s Speaking of Music series Charles Amirkhanian interviews composer Conlon Nancarrow before a live audience. After playing a short documentary on the life and work of Conlon Nancarrow, Charles Amirkhanian talks with the composer about his music written for the player piano. Topics: Speaking of Music Series at the Exploratorium, Interview and Music, Mechanical Music, New Music,...
The program begins with excerpts from a 1980 recording titled "Word of Mouth” which features prepared talks by artists given on the island of Ponape in the Pacific Ocean. You will hear segments by Laurie Anderson, Joan Jonas, William T. Wiley, & John Cage. From Micronesia Charles Amirkhanian then takes us to West Berlin to participate in “Fur Augen und Ohren", a spectacular exhibition of mechanical and electronic music making devices dating from the past four centuries.... ( 1 reviews ) Topics: KPFA-FM, Ode to Gravity series, Interview and Music, Mechanical Music, Modern Art
Charles Amirkhanian introduces recent compositions by this American composer, who since 1947 developed a unique body of complex pieces, all for player piano. Nancarrow was able to punch carefully calculated holes in player piano rolls and make the instrument perform inhumanly difficult figures. His concerns with rhythm and sonority are more advanced than almost any in the world, yet his music makes an immediate impression even to those who don’t normally like avant-garde music. This is music... Topics: KPFA-FM, Ode to Gravity Series, Interview and Music, 20th Century Classical, Mechanical Music,...
Recordings from some records from a Polyphon Music Box, made app. 1850 that were out of copyright due to its old age and not renewed licenses Recorded by Tomas Nygren 6th November 2007 at Tekniska Museet, Stockholm, Sweden With initiative from Ulrika Casselbrant and Randi Berger And great thanks all staff at: http://www.tekniskamuseet.se phone signals from these recordings (Swe): http://www.tekniskamuseet.se/ringsignaler Topics: Music Box, Polyphon, Last Rose of Summer, Waltz, Saloon, Open Music Archive, Tekniska Museet, Tomas... Source: Polyphon recorded by a Sony TCD-D7 DAT